Originally Posted by Grantofhell
Read the fine print in your Intel handbook. On paper, the warranty is only honored if you use the stock cooler. There's really no way to prove it, unless you have never used the cooler and the paste is still crisp. (me xD)
Well, that's bizarre. It seems like intel would prefer people using better heatsinks, since it'd make the chip last longer. I'm guessing that's there so they don't have to replace a $300 chip that someone fried by using a Pentium 2 cooler.
Ran some temp tests today. I'm getting ~30-34C idle, 55-58C in BIOS (?), ~68-70C when transcoding media with handbrake (~85% utilization), and I killed prime95 at 75C. It probably would've settled around 80 if I had left it.
Anyway, my mounting bracket shipped out today, and should arrive in a few days. Then I'll have my work cut out for me:
There's also a pile of about 20 blu rays that wouldn't fit on the shelf.